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Apple iPad (2018): winning formula does not change, it improves

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The 2018 edition of the 9.7-inch iPad introduces a new processor and support for Apple Pencil to write and draw on the tablet’s display.

The new 9.7-inch iPad retains the good already seen with the predecessor, adding native support to Apple Pencil. The tablet thus becomes an even more versatile tool, both for study and for entertainment and productivity, thanks to the latest innovations introduced by the iOS operating system and the rich software catalog offered by the App Store platform.

Apple iPad (2018): all the details


The design of the iPad version 2018 remains unchanged compared to what was seen in the previous generation of the device. There are the Touch ID fingerprint reader positioned next to the screen (or below, depending on how you hold it) to be used for payments with Apple Pay and which performs the function of Home button, integrated stereo speakers, the jack from 3.5 mm for headphones and earphones, physical buttons for volume adjustment and switching on or off. In the version with Cellular module for mobile connectivity there is also the slot that houses the SIM. The front is almost entirely occupied by the 9.7-inch display with IPS panel with LED backlight (resolution 2048 × 1536 pixels, 264 ppi) covered with an oleophobic coating.

Among the colors available for the body: silver, sidereal gray and gold, with the latter very similar to the pink gold color already seen on some products of the bitten apple. The dimensions are 240 × 169.5 × 7.5 mm, while the weight stands at 469 or 478 grams depending on the version.

Data sheet

The heart of the tablet is the A10 Fusion processor with 64-bit architecture and integrated M10 coprocessor, the same as iPhone 7. The amount of RAM installed is 2 GB. Together these components provide more than enough computational power to easily manage even the most complex applications, even though without equaling the performance of the iPad Pro.

Scrolling through the list of specifications are then a rear camera with 8 megapixel autofocus and video recording in 1080p, while the front FaceTime 1.2 megapixel reaches 720p. All models offer the 802.11a / b / g / n / ac WiFi module with support for MIMO technology, while in Cellular add-on connectivity to mobile networks and GPS. Complete the Bluetooth 4.2 data sheet, digital compass, iBeacon microlocalizer, three-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, barometer and ambient light sensor. The 32.4 Wh battery ensures autonomy of up to ten hours of WiFi browsing, video or audio playback, while using the mobile network drops to nine hours.

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